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Old 10-07-2016, 03:47 PM   #1
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2015 30' FC - Mornarch Pass (Tires and Brakes)

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2015 Twin FC 30' and 2014 EcoBoost F150

What 16" Rims and Tire does Airstream Opt. or Std.? (Michelin does not make 16" ST tires but has E rated LTX Tires)

Short of Disc Brake upgrade are there and Electric Brake upgrades?

I do not know the Electric Brake/Shoe size std.

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Old 10-07-2016, 07:04 PM   #2
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Read the reviews of TUSON antilock disc brakes on MR TRUCK. Note that the trailer drums were brand new for the test. See also TUSON website.
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Old 10-07-2016, 09:01 PM   #3
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TUCSON Brake Controller

Awesome system, informative website but overkill for my use. Integral Ford OEM Controller. I'm looking to tweak my rig only.
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Old 10-07-2016, 09:24 PM   #4
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You can re-wire the electric brakes with heavier gauge plus a better layout of wiring. See threads on RV.Net

But short of elec over hydraulic discs, there isn't anything that's an improvement in stopping power.


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Old 10-08-2016, 05:56 PM   #5
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With my dodge ,6.7 comma long with the exhaust brake, very seldom use the brakes....
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Old 10-09-2016, 09:30 AM   #6
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True enough

Granted Diesel braking is great. My F150 EcoBoost has hybrid breaking in trailer mode, downshifts but must still drive the mountain. Plenty of power up the hills to maintain speed with traffic. Downhill like everyone else, slow down and don't let the trailer over drive. The latter point concerns me. I cannot lock up the 12" nev-r-adjust electric trailer brakes at all. Such as low speed calibration of the Brake Controller. My problem is premature wearing of my front brakes (30K) on my F150, I don't feel the trailer brakes are carrying their weight so to speak even in daily towing. I understand they are 12" x 2". Would an upgrade to 12" x 2 1/2" be practical? I have OEM Integrated Brake Controller with gain set @ 10.

Would consider Disc Brakes if the proper argument could be made.

Dexter bought TITAN Brakes in February. Now there are Dexter and Titan Disc brakes and Actuators to choose from. Which will survive?

Already committed to upgrade Wheels (Sendel T03) and Tires (Michelin XPS RIB LT225/75R16 E) to 16" so a concurrent upgrade makes sense.

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Old 10-09-2016, 09:43 AM   #7
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Dave,

A suggestion, what problem are you trying to solve? Poor braking possibly?

Might be as simple as checking brake condition and adjustment. Also I'm a big believer using an IR Temp Gun to check brakes. If the brakes don't make some heat after using the brakes, then they are not contributing to slowing the rig.

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Old 10-09-2016, 12:11 PM   #8
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My Problem

I have committed to 16" Michelin XPS RIB (LT2225/75R16E) Tires.

My breaking concern is that with a gain of 10 set on the Ford OEM Brake Controller I cannot lock the brakes up. I am OK for mountain driving. 3.5L EcoBoost keeps up with the flow of traffic. Down hills are OK as well, SLOW and downshifts. Occasional breaking. Use trailer breaks a little entering a downhill turns to keep the trailer tracking nicely.

I replaced the front brakes on my F150 at 30K which makes me feel in general the trailer is not offering sufficient help in normal towing.

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Any chance to try a different truck with an old school controller as a test? That identifies a controller issue.

Brake adjustment.

Braking makes heat in the drums, no heat = no braking.
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Old 10-09-2016, 03:36 PM   #10
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Dave when I was at the factory last year I asked about being able to lock up the brakes on my 2015 Classic. Answer consistently was that unlike a 25 ft FC is was unlikely due to the overall mass of the Classic that the brakes would or even have the capability of locking. Just too much there. On my 25 FC no problem with my factory GMC controller at a 6 setting getting them to lockup.

You might also have a good brake shop that has the proper diagnostic tools test the output voltage on your truck. Maybe not getting the maximum available voltage.
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From Dexter's website, if it helps.

BRAKES - How can I increase the aggressiveness of the 12"x2" brake?
It is not possible to put a larger magnet in the 12"x2" electric brake. However, we do offer a more aggressive lining. The lining kit number is K71-127-00.
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